Tackling Trauma: Triggers, Treatment, and Transformation for Interpreters

Presented By: Jim Macedone  MS, LCMHC, NCC, CI/CT
Date/Time: April 12th 1pm-4pm MT
RID CEUs: 0.3 PS
Presentation Language: ASL

Workshop Description:

Delve into the complexities of trauma, beginning with grounding exercises aimed at fostering a sense of safety in the present. Explore the distinction between everyday stressors and clinical trauma, learning to recognize the physical and emotional symptoms associated with trauma. Drawing on current research and best practices, learn evidence-based approaches for understanding how trauma manifests in individuals, empowering participants to respond effectively, empathetically, and compassionately to the self and those impacted by trauma.

Workshop Objectives:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Perform grounding exercises to establish safety in the present
  • Describe the difference between trauma and clinical Trauma, identifying the physical and emotional symptoms
  • Discuss evidence-based approaches to how trauma manifests in people
Presenter Bio:


Jim Macedone, a cancer survivor, is a practicing Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Nationally Certified Counselor at Igniting Change Counseling Center in Lehi, Utah. He has been an active American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for almost 35 years. Jim graduated from Brigham Young University-Provo in Family Science. He received his masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Magna Cum Laude. He actively serves the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association (UMHCA) as their Executive Director for the past several years. Jim employs a constructivist approach including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Play Therapy. Jim has experience working with individuals, adolescents, kids and specializes in the mental health treatment of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. When Jim is not interpreting or counseling, he is writing, kayaking, at home with his wife and kids, watching movies, gardening, or working on his 1:1 scale R2-D2.


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